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  • Closer to Home

  • Valdemar: The Herald Spy, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

Mags was once an enslaved orphan living a harsh life in the mines, until the King's Own Herald discovered his talent and trained him as a spy. Now a Herald in his own right, at the newly established Heralds' Collegium, Mags has found a supportive family, including his Companion Dallen.Although normally a Herald in his first year of Whites would be sent off on circuit, Mags is needed close to home for his abilities as a spy and his powerful Mindspeech gift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story !!

  • By T on 10-19-14

A lot of repetition

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Nick Podehl hid the repetition very well, but it was there. Loving Nick's portrayal of Mags, but kind of wished some of his pronunciations were better.

  • Awaken Online: Apathy (Side Quest)

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115

Eliza's parents are relentless - forcing her to constantly take extra courses to prepare for college and medical school. Sometimes, it feels like her entire life has already been planned out. Which is why she leaps at the chance to escape into a new virtual reality game, Awaken Online. What she wasn't expecting was to encounter a capricious god and his loyal "pet". Or to be chosen as this god's "avatar" within the game and forced to tackle a series of asinine quests. Yet she just can't shake the feeling that there is more to the irritating god than first meets the eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More, Need More!

  • By niaskywalk on 09-19-18

More, Need More!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This story world is amazing. I think Travis Bagwell created a new environment where literally anything can happen and never ending stories can be told, even if they end up being a zillion side quests all happening during the same main storyline. I am super excited for more from this author.

David Stifel's reading of this series is also a lot of fun :-)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken Online: Evolution

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 23 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,589

After exiting Awaken Online to find himself holding a knife and standing over two dead bodies, Jason is now being investigated for murder. To make matters worse, Claire has stumbled upon evidence of Alfred's involvement in the incident, and the CPSC is circling - just waiting for Cerillion Entertainment to make a mistake. With his real-life in shambles and his enemies in-game growing in strength, Jason re-enters Awaken Online truly desperate - the game now his only lifeline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome and terrible!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-13-18

LitRPG FTW

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-18

This amazing third main installment of this amazing LitRPG series held me riveted. Like many stories, it is excellent pvp and pve with l iki te of statistics and leveling to drool over. But the core story is a fantastic idea and it would not let me go. This just came out in July and it is September now, but I am already dying for another installment. Even a SideQuest story would be great. I am looking forward to a ton from this world. This installment also shows growth in the author's writing. I was distracted a lot in the first book by the writing, not as much in the second and side quest, but this time it seemed to flow and be a background.

Keep it up Travis!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken Online: Catharsis

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,010

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life. Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gravely entertaining!

  • By Bryce Bilbo on 04-21-17

Follow the Dark to Enlightenment!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I want to play this game. Someone please create it lol. Ironically, I am not a huge fan of MMO'S however this VR game has pulled me in much as Halo's story pulled me in. If you are a fan of SAO or Log Horizon, check this out! I don't think you will be disappointed. My only small issue with this production is the narrator. He wasn't bad, but something of his reading prevented me from actually starting the book. The story eventually kept me going.

  • Foundation

  • Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819

In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey's best-selling world, a 13 year-old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had - and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great for kids

  • By Wyonia on 10-17-08

Valdemar in a new set of eyes

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-16

Nick Podehl brings Mags and his world alive for readers. Mercedes Lackey has begun a new Valdemar story where fans new and old learn more about the population of the Kingdom of Valdemar from the point of view of a young slave turned Chosen of the Companion Dallen. Mags is thrust into the bare beginnings of the three Collegia that is explored in other books of the series. We see the workings and the conflict involved as the transition between Herald Mentor to Heralds Collegium occurs.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,066

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

Science of "Magic" and Stories within stories

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-16

Worthy of it's near instant cult following. Well told by Rothfuss and well-read by Podehl

  • The Eye of the World

  • Book One of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,213

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your first step down a very long and winding road.

  • By Lore on 06-29-12

Good Story... middling reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-16

After getting used to the quirks of the narrators, I was able to fall into the story, but the quirks were very distracting

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85,470
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85,404

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Narrator took getting used to, great book.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-16

I started reading GoT before ever viewing the television series, but it was confusing and dropped it. After watching the series, I tried again via this audio book. This time I was familiar with the characters and the story made more sense, however the POV chapters still made me slightly confused. The narration itself made this easier, however the Narrator himself was not pleasant to listen to in this long format. Some of his voiced characters were much better than his narrative voice. Despite that, getting to the end initiated the need to get the next book, which in my opinion made it a great story.